Clare ‘Punching Above Its Weight’ In Job Creation

Clare is said to be punching above its weight in terms of job creation by small indigenous firms.

26 new jobs by three start-ups based in Ennistymon, Ballymaley and Shannon have been announced today but the Head of the Clare Local Enterprise Office is also warning SMEs here not to become complacent.


Recruitment is underway now for jobs in three different areas in the county, following today’s announcement.

Small companies based in Shannon, Ennis and Ennistymon are all growing their workforces in a series of positive announcements today.

It means a total of 26 new jobs are being added in the county which is part of a 106- job boost across the MidWest region.

Head of the Clare Local Enterprise Office Padraic McElwee says Clare is doing well but it’s important not to let the momentum slip.

Shannon-based Core Optimisation is a digital marketing agency which currently caters for over 70 clients and has 40% of its business based in the UK.

Despite the challenge posed by Brexit, co-founder Caroline Dunlea says they’ll be focusing on a major UK expansion in the coming months which will form part of the 14 positions they’re looking to fill.

In a welcome boost for North Clare, the campervan hire and conversion firm Vanderlust is adding six positions to its workforce in Ennistymon.

Since establishing as a camper hire service at Shannon Airport a decade ago, they’ve expanded into England and also provide maintenance to tourists who are driving the Wild Atlantic Way in Clare.

Managing Director David Hanley says since basing themselves out of the tourist hotspot, they’ve gone from strength to strength.